Timex quartz dating chart
The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.Every watch has a unique combination of reference model number plus serial number. If your last for digits are 0000 then you have the first watch made for that model reference number.Returning to our examples and using the second digit from the serial number we get the following production dates: If you were paying close attention you may have noticed we asked for the case code in the form above but we did not mention using it when calculating the date.It does not seem to be as well known and we hope that our movement database is more complete and that our instructions are more helpful.As with any part of Watch Sleuth we encourage people to contact us with suggestions, corrections or any other information that would make our site more useful.In the example images the reference model number is highlighted in red.The other number you will need is the serial number.
The "New Haven" was dated by looking at the style of the watch. Notice that the watches from the early 1930's still have engraved cases.It will NOT tell you the actual date the watch was acquired...many watches spent years in warehouses before being sold... If there are some letters incoroporated in the serial number (common with Hamilton and Elgin) your watch was probably made AFTER the last date on the chart.The Bulova and Hamilton stepped cases shown here on the left are a perfect example of this.Men were preferring tank watches, however only round movements were available, therefore the case was stepped to accomodate the movement and make the watch APPEAR to be square. Even though watches were fairly small back then, the designs were bold and more masculine than before. A few words that sum up the 1950's are Futuristic, Automation, and expressive.
I am slowly adding serial number tables to this site. With the exception of BULOVA, the numbers on the inside and outside of the CASE ITSELF are ONLY for identification purposes - they mean nothing.